We’re Hiring a Program Director

We're hiring a Program Director at ace art inc. See job posting for details. Deadline to apply is: Friday, March 25. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining their experience to: Hiring Committee at board@aceart.org

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Monday, April 4th or until filled.

aceartinc is an Artist Run Centre dedicated to the support, exhibition, and dissemination of contemporary art located on Treaty 1 territory, unceded Dakota Nation territory, and the homeland and birthplace of the Metis Nation, otherwise known as Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Exhibiting five major exhibitions a year by contemporary visual artists, we welcome submissions from all emerging contemporary artists and curators working in any media to our annual call for submission each August.

The gallery also runs several ongoing projects and hosts numerous one-offs. This Artist Run Centre is passionate about the work being produced by contemporary artists and arts writers and critics in Canada and abroad. Many successful, well-known, and not-so-well-known Canadian artists have shown work at ace early in their careers—we are an established (but not establishment) part of the unique ecosystem of Canadian contemporary art.

The Position

We are currently looking to hire our next Program Director to ensure smooth operation of the gallery’s day-to-day operations. This role is responsible for the oversight, coordination and scheduling of all duties related to the programming including exhibitions, talks, publications and special events. The Program Director is also responsible for supervising the Gallery Assistant and other program contract staff, temporary workers and interns. The position is a 6-month term with the possibility of an extension.

Salary: $1538.46 – $1730.77 biweekly for 32 hours per week.

Responsibilities include:

Curatorial Vision and Programming 

  • Re-establish and/or re-imagine institutional programming, including creating of a 5-year curatorial vision for the organization
  • Develop an exhibition and build working relationships with artists 
  • Direct the installation and strike of exhibitions
  • Turn a concept into a project and effectively communicate ideas

Marketing, Outreach and Community Engagement

  • Liaise with local/national/international arts organizations for program and partnership development
  • Liaise with Indigenous governments and organizations local to the territory on which aceartinc. resides
  • Maintain a good relationship with funders and donors
  • Ensure aceartinc. branding standards are developed and maintained
  • Maintain regular contact with membership and local arts community
  • Speak on behalf of the organization at various events and/or engagements

Grant Writing

  • Initiate and seek funding for aceartinc. initiatives
  • Develop program outlines and project descriptions, prepare support material
  • Ensure that all projects pertaining to grants and funding are carried through in collaboration with the Director of Finance and Administration as well as ensuring that the final reports are completed when required


  • Minimum 3 years demonstrated experience in a similar scope of work
  • Has an appropriate post-secondary degree and/or or a combination of equivalent training and experience at an upper level of responsibility
  • Passion for contemporary arts 
  • Strong relationship management and communication skills.
  • Has demonstrated communications and budgeting skills
  • Has familiarity and appreciation with the not-for-profit sector and/or arts organizations
  • Is very knowledgeable about contemporary art and the contemporary art community in Manitoba and beyond
  • Has experience with fundraising, donor development, and grants
  • Has the ability to initiate and implement new programs and procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to develop budgets and make recommendations to a Board of Directors
  • Direct experience managing and social media efforts
  • Able to attend monthly board meetings and deliver a programming report 
  • Has a strong ability to relate to others, to motivate and lead colleagues; ability to set priorities

Interested candidates should submit a resume to Hiring Committee at board@aceart.org

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

aceartinc. encourages all qualified applicants to apply. aceartinc. welcomes applicants from Government of Canada job equity groups (i.e., women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous candidates).

PDF version available here.

Nominees for the Board of Directors

Thank you to our members for putting yourselves forward for election as part of the new contingent of board directors. Nominees will be elected at the Special General Meeting on November 26 at 7PM CST. If you plan to attend the SGM, please send an RSVP to brianna@aceart.org and we will send you a meeting invitation when it is closer to the SGM date. 

We look forward to embarking on this new chapter of aceartinc. See you at the SGM! 

Allison Yearwood

She is an alumni of the University of Winnipeg, with a political science and business administration degree, and brings a fresh focus to the business of arts administration. Allison returns to her hometown, Winnipeg, from the Banff Centre, where she was Program Manager at the Indigenous Arts Department. Previously, Allison served as Art and Business Manager at Yamaji Art, an Aboriginal art centre in Australia, and was the General Manager of Collective of Black Artists in Toronto. Allison was the Programming and Events Coordinator at the Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre in Fort Smith, North West Territories, and was the first non-Indigenous staff member at Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg. Allison advocates for racialized and disenfranchised groups to decolonize institutions of power from the ground up. She is exceptionally skilled on issues of equity and a powerful and transformative voice for anti-racism action. Allison’s institutional critique articulates the creation of safe spaces for underserved communities within the institution. 

Albyn Carias

Albyn Carias is an interdisciplinary artist living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He immigrated to Canada from El Salvador at the age of 13 and has a BFA from Brandon University Ishkabatens waasa Gaa inaabateg, Visual and Aboriginal Arts Department. Carias’ process focuses on experimentation with unconventional materials, pushing against imposed social and artistic borders. This is achieved through meaningful engagement with his Latino community in Manitoba. The collaborative nature of community-based artwork addresses the barriers that Latino immigrants face every day. Carias served as Vice-President and Arts Coordinator for Brandon’s Latin based organization, Hispanic Association of Manitoba Inc. (HAMI). He developed intercultural art programs that created space to raise the voices of his community. He worked as Gathering Helper for the Beading Symposium: Ziigimineshin, complimenting his ability to navigate the responsibilities he holds as an ally and person living on these territories.

Michelle Panting

I am an alumnus of aceartinc.’s Cartae Open School and have spent years attending aceartinc.’s shows and engaging with its community. I understand that aceartinc. is in a period of transition and intends to move forward with a commitment to dismantle the systemic oppression that has long been a part of our artistic community. I understand that this will not be a quick or simple issue to address, and as a queer white artist who has benefitted from ace’s programming and community, I hope to be a part of this new direction.

In my work as a manager of the local cafe Fools & Horses, I have attended anti-oppression training hosted by the Red Tent. I also worked with the management team to consult on the development of anti-oppression policy as part of their employee and management handbooks. I have spent years volunteering my time as a photographer with local festivals such as send + receive and Synonym’s Wall-to-Wall Mural and Cultural Festival. Through these experiences, I have come to understand the vital role that art can play in the development of community. I also know that in any community organization, the failure to address unchecked power and privilege can fundamentally undermine its aims.

I believe I would be a good board member due to my strong work ethic, communication skills, and attention to detail. Thank you for your time in considering my nomination.

Rob Crooks

I am the Development Coordinator at Graffiti Art Programming, where I have worked for over a decade. During my time with GAP, I have delivered and supported youth arts programming, handled grant writing and reporting, and worked as a gallery technician. This wide range of experiences has given me a thorough understanding of the challenges that arts organizations face. A year ago, I joined the Board of Directors at CKUW where I have participated in subcommittees dealing with issues such as: finding a more accessible space for the station; organizing an in-person SGM during the pandemic; and planning the annual fundraising drive in a way that respects the necessity for physical distancing. As a musician, I believe that one’s art should be the reflection of their community engagement, not the extent of it. Until COVID-19, I volunteered in English classes at Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Centre. I am also involved with various grassroots groups organizing for the universal right to housing, fighting against evictions, and the privatization of social housing. It’s often taken for granted that artists and arts organizations improve the lives of everyone equally. What is perhaps less easily accepted is the potentially conservative or even reactionary role they can play, if not acting with intention. The position aceartinc. finds itself in today holds a lot of potential. I believe that I have a skill set that would be of value to the staff in achieving its vision for a new kind of arts organization. 

Darryl Nepinak

Darryl Nepinak is an Indian, writer, film maker, committed youth mentor and educator, occasional curator and performer. Darryl is interested in education and using personal experience when creating work. Primarily known for his playful and pointed videos, Nepinak was introduced to filmmaking at the Winnipeg Film Group and his first short was Last of the Nepinaks, 2005. Since then his work has been shown from Aotearoa all the way to New Zealand. Darryl is currently intrigued by studying and experimenting with pinhole photography. And lives in the Courtyard Village in Winnipeg.

hannah_g, aceartinc.’s Director to pursue Canada Council funded writing project


We are delighted to share the wonderful news that hannah_g has been awarded a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to work on an experimental art writing project, Critical Fictions. To support her work, the Board Directors of aceartinc. have given hannah a twelve month sabbatical, commencing November 2018.

In addition to implementing the superb annual juried exhibition program of five exhibitions , among other related activities, hannah champions emerging art writers through the Critical Distance writing program. She has been instrumental in directing transformational initiatives at ace such as: The Cartae Open School (co-founded with Jamie Wright and Helga Jakobson), The Flux Gallery (co-founded with Hannah Doucet), the Indigenous Curatorial Residency (with support from Jaimie Isaac, Nikki Little, Jenny Western, ACC-CCA, and NIMAC), and the BIPOC art & culture writing workshop series (with Creative Manitoba Indigenous Programs and the University of Winnipeg’s Institute of Women & Gender Studies, Noor Bhangu.) The board and staff will miss working with her but enthusiastically await what she fills the next twelve months with…

aceartinc.’s Annual Student Show

call for submissions | deadline 20 March




Annual Student Show call 2015
If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student in Manitoba taking an art class, you are eligible to apply.

Deadline: noon, 20 March 2015
To install and exhibit from 7 to 30 April 2015

Please submit up to 3 pieces on any theme in any medium to hannah_g@aceart.org
– a one-page artist statement
– an image list
– Each image should not exceed 1024×768 pixels, 72dpi and/or 50kb. No more than 9 images total (including detail images of each of the 3 pieces being submitted).

Selected artists are eligible to apply for the Scott Wachall Memorial Bursary, a $500 award and opportunity to give a public artist talk about your practice and work.

Annual General Meeting – 11 December, 6:30pm


Come and get the newest volume of PaperWait – to be launched during the AGM

Since our last AGM, the Board has filled one vacancy and appointed Nicole Flynn as a new director. The membership will vote to ratify this decision.

6 of our current directors have terms that will expire. They are: Andrew Moreau, Andrew Kaplan, Lancelot Coar, Holger Kalberg, Mark Neufeld, Mike VonTiesenhausen. These 6 directors have put their names forward to serve a further two-year term. The membership will vote on whether to re-elect them. 

There are currently up to 3 vacancies on the board. Any interested member can put their name forward, no later than November 26th, if they wish to stand for election. We encourage any interested individuals, especially practicing artists, to apply.

At the AGM we will be presenting:
 Treasurer’s Report, including ace’s Financial Statements from prior year.
(ii) Election of Directors.
(iii) Appointment of our Accountant.
(iv) President’s Report.
(v) PaperWait vol.16 launch.

2013 Annual General Meeting

12 December, 2013 | 7pm


aceartinc. will hold its 2013 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:00pm, 2nd floor, 290 McDermot Ave.

PaperWait Vol.15 will be available after the AGM. It covers all the 2012/13 program including essays by Darren Stebeleski, Willow Rector, Ben Clarkson, Emily G. Doucet, and Eric LeSage. The limited print edition also features art work by Maegan Broadhurst, cam bush, Matthew Gardiner, Alexander McQuat, and Phomohobes. Come by and pick up your free copy, members, or become a member and get your free copy!

All members are invited and encouraged to attend.

The 2013 Annual Report and our review engagement will be presented. There will be cake!

For more information or to RSVP please call (204) 944-9763 or email info@aceart.org

Studio Visits

another great membership perk

The-Artists-StudioThe Artist’s Studio (c1716) by Peter Tillemans.
*Actual studio visit may not be as shown.


Studio Visit bookings!

Did you know that your membership at ace entitles you to an annual studio visit from our Co-Directors?

Studio visits take place after 3pm on Fridays and typically last an hour.

To book, please email studiovisit@aceart.org with two preferable dates (at least 2 weeks in advance), your studio address, and a contact phone number.

Welcome Courtney Thompson

new Gallery Assistant


Courtney R. Thompson repatriated to Winnipeg in 2012 via Chicago after she completed her MA from the Art History, Theory & Criticism program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011, winning the sole Fellowship for her department. She has previously worked for The Art Institute of Chicago, The Art Gallery of Calgary and The New Gallery (Calgary, Alberta) and is currently a board member for send + receive: a festival of sound. She regularly contributes art criticism and artist interviews to ArtSlant and Art in Print and has presented papers at symposia across North America. Her research addresses spatial practices and slippages between art, architecture and the visual culture of dwelling. She was born in Winnipeg and despite her nineteen-year absence the winters are exactly as she remembers them.

Landscapes | a call for submissions from artists and art writers | PaperWait vol. 14




Visual artists and art writers are invited to submit to aceartinc.’s annual publication, PaperWait, on the theme of
L A N D S C A P E S.

PaperWait is an annual publication published by aceartinc. that covers our programming year- in this case July 2012 to July 2013. It is primarily made up of the texts produced through our Critical Distance writing program that encourages critical writing and dialogue about contemporary art but it is also an archive of the year’s regular and special programming. Each issue of PaperWait includes an edited section of artist pages and arts writing that provides an opportunity to more artists to have their work included.

Visual Art
-Please submit one image with full title, medium, date and artist’s name.

-The image should not exceed 1024×768 pixels, 72dpi and/or 50kb.

Please submit a synopsis of no more than 400 words for an essay of no more than 1500 words that engages with themes, theories, or artists connected with ‘landscapes’ within the realm of contemporary art.

We are accepting applications by email only- remember to include your email address, phone number and address. Please address them to hannah_g@aceart.org

Deadline, 4pm Tuesday 16th April 2013.

aceartinc.’s curated student show | 10th – 24th May | Deadline for submissions 2nd April




Call for Submissions from current University of Manitoba School of Art students for: aceartinc.’s curated student show

Deadline: noon on the 2nd of April 2013

To exhibit from 10th – 24th May 2013

Please submit up to 3 pieces on any theme in any medium to: gallery@aceart.org

– a one-page artist statement (1 page max.)

– image list (1 page max.)

– PDF file of images.

**Each image should not exceed 1024×768 pixels,72dpi and/or 50kb. No more than 9 images total (including detail images of each of the 3 pieces being submitted).**

You must be a current student in the School of Art at the UofM.